Montclair, N.J. (10/10/12) – Sophomore Melanie Greco headed in a corner kick from Jenna Carroll 3:16 into overtime lifting the Montclair State women's soccer team to 4-3 victory over Kean University on Wednesday evening.
Greco's goal was the final swing in a back-and-forth contest as Montclair State, ranked No. 21 in the latest D3Soccer.com Top 25, improved to 12-1-1 on the year, 5-1 in the NJAC.
Julianna Natale, Carla Vitola and Angie Lopez each had goals for Kean, which suffered just its second loss of the season in 13 contests. The Cougars (10-2-1, 4-1-1 NJAC) had an eight-game unbeaten streak snapped with their first defeat since September 8.
Kean took a 1-0 lead 7:26 into the game as Natale netted her sixth goal of the season. Senior Carly Seidel fed a pass to Natale (pictured left) at the top left corner of the box. Natale then blasted a shot to the opposite post for early goal as the Cougars outshot Montclair State 6-1 in the early going but only got the one goal as MSU's Gina Policastro made three saves.
Montclair State would get the equalizer in the 29th minute as the Red Hawks scored three times over the next 13 minutes, including two in a span of 3:31. Francesca Gibson put the Red Hawks on the board with her 10th goal of the year at 28:37 before Greco found Janae Geonnetti at 32:08 for the go-ahead goal as Montclair State led 2-1. Kaila Fasano made it 3-1 at 41:20 with a 10-yard breakaway goal as Montclair took the two-goal lead into halftime.
But Kean struck quickly in the second half as Vitola scored on a 33-yard bomb that found the upper left corner of the net as the MSU lead was trimmed to 3-2 just 4:10 into the period.
The Cougars then tied the match at 3-3 with 26:12 to go. Shannon Pedersen served a corner kick into the box that bounced around before Lopez was able to knock it in for her first goal of the season.
Both teams would get chances during the remainder of regulation. Lopez was stopped by Policastro at 63:48 and Kaitlin King made three saves over the final 26 minutes, including one on a shot by Gibson with 7:48 left.
Policastro finished with seven saves for Montclair State while King collected four.
Montclair State outshot Kean 14-11 with the Cougars getting the edge in corner kicks, 5-4.
Kean returns to action on Saturday when they travel to The College of New Jersey.